Before setting off after the Golden Fleece, Jason and the Argonauts enjoyed a seaside meal that ended in violent infighting when everyone else brought cash and Orpheus only had a debit card. Enjoy waterfront cuisine without a Greek tragedy with today's Groupon. For $10, you get $20 worth of seafood, burgers, beers, and more at Terry's Terrace in Harrison Township.
Open in various incarnations since 1938, the restaurant now known as Terry's Terrace offers a diverse menu of bites and brews for boaters and bad fisherpeople along Lake St. Clair. Appetizers include several seafood starters, such as breaded gator bites with chipotle ranch ($7.39), freshly caught potato skins ($6.59), and New England clam chowder ($3.29), which is only available Fridays through Sundays due to its 9-to-5 weekday gig as a high-school history teacher. Mingle with a mushroom-topped filet mignon ($19.99) or twirl seafood fettuccine ($14.49) around your fork with Terry's Terrace's steakhouse and pasta entrees. Before setting sail on your stolen yacht, drop your appetite's anchor on a half rack of Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauced baby-back ribs ($13.99) or sizzle-smoked chicken fajitas ($11.99). Anti-amphibians can sink teeth into Terry's Terrace's roadhouse battered frog legs ($12.99)—a staple at the restaurant since the days of the oft-overlooked Franklin D. Roosevelt administration—or drop table pitchforks into an array of aquatic denizens, including mahimahi ($14.99), walleye ($14.29), and Alaskan-king-crab legs ($24.99). Sandwich supporters and burger boosters also have bread-bookended bites for their choosing, such as Terry's club ($7.79) and Terry's half-pound burger ($5.99).
Lake-leisurers looking for libation will hit pay dirt at Terry's Terrace, with more than 75 local and imported beers available, including Kid Rock's Badass American Lager. What really catapults Terry's Terrace into the upper echelon of Michigan meal experiences, however, is its extraordinary waitstaff, voted the area's best by Real Detroit Weekly earlier this year. Get your Groupon and see what happens when delicious food, friendly service, and the ideal alignment of Jupiter's moons combine to create a dynamic dining experience.
TripAdvisors give Terry's 3.5 stars, ranking it the number one restaurant in Harrison Township.
- Had a great Filet Mignon and excellent service, perfect stop when on the way out to the lake. – boater4ever
- Excellent seafood. This place is the best kept secret of Metro Detroit's east side. Try the alligator bites or scallops for a real treat. The menu is huge. Great atmosphere and good prices. – TripAdvisor Member
- ...it seems that there is always something new and interesting on the menu to try out...the best and most well rounded place to visit in Harrison Township and certainly the perfect place to end a day on the water. – MermaidChaserLOL
Built in 1938 as an homage to traditional German biergartens, Terry's Terrace was originally known as Terrace Gardens and served patrons frog legs and burgers from out a window. The eatery grew up and out from these modest beginnings, changing its name and spawning a pub room, a patio, 20 plasma TVs, and a beer list with more than 50 draft brews curated by Certified Cicerone Heather Ritts. The fare still draws customers, who can snag classic comforts such as slow-roasted prime rib or fish 'n' chips made with Atlantic cod, though these days patrons can enjoy their menu selections from a table instead of a window frame. Drinks range from local craft beers to the flaming Spanish coffee, whose cinnamon-and-sugar rim is carefully caramelized by the breath of a newborn dragon.